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Wednesday February 27, 2019. 10:11 PM
A report of a potential security problem in the GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic (GMP) library was met with a mixed reaction, from skepticism to responses verging on hostility, but the report ultimately raised a question worth pondering. What role should assertions (i.e....
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With the uptake of Python 3 (and the imminent end of life for Python 2.7), there is a question of which version of Python a user should get when they type 'python' at the command line or have it as part of a shebang ('#!') line in a script. Back in 2011, PEP 394 ('The...
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Stable kernels 4.20.13, 4.19.26, 4.14.104, and 4.9.161 have been released. They all contain important fixes and users should upgrade.
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (elasticsearch and logstash), CentOS (java-1.8.0-openjdk, kernel, and polkit), Debian (chromium, exiv2, and phpmyadmin), Fedora (java-1.8.0-openjdk-aarch32 and mgetty), openSUSE (docker-runc, gvfs, qemu, systemd, and...
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Tuesday February 26, 2019. 07:20 PM
The venerable printk() function has been part of Linux since the very beginning, though it has undergone a fair number of changes along the way. Now, John Ogness is proposing to fundamentally rework printk() in order to get rid of handful of issues that currently plague it....
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (bind, kibana, systemd, and thunderbird), Debian (elfutils and liblivemedia), Fedora (kernel, kernel-headers, kernel-tools, and SDL), openSUSE (dovecot23, firefox, kauth, python-Jinja2, python-numpy, and thunderbird), Red Hat...
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Version 1.12 of the Go language has been released. 'Some of the highlights include opt-in support for TLS 1.3, improved modules support (in preparation for being the default in Go 1.13), support for windows/arm, and improved macOS & iOS forwards compatibility'. See the...
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Concurrency is hard even when the hardware's behavior is entirely deterministic; it gets harder in situations where operations can be reordered in seemingly random ways. In these cases, developers tend to reach for barriers as a way of enforcing ordering, but explicit...
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Monday February 25, 2019. 07:01 PM
Git v2.21.0 has been released. 'It is comprised of 500 non-merge commits since v2.20.0, contributed by 74 people, 20 of which are new faces.' The release notes are included in the announcement.
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Version 8.3 of the GNU Compiler Collection has been released. 'GCC 8.3 is a bug-fix release from the GCC 8 branch containing important fixes for regressions and serious bugs in GCC 8.2 with more than 153 bugs fixed since the previous release.'
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Security updates have been issued by Arch Linux (msmtp and python-mysql-connector), Debian (freedink-dfarc, rssh, sox, and waagent), Fedora (docker-latest, java-1.8.0-openjdk, koji, pagure, poppler, and spice), openSUSE (ansible, GraphicsMagick, mosquitto, pspp,...
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Anybody expecting the 5.0 kernel to come out today will have been disappointed; Linus released 5.0-rc8 instead. 'This may be totally unnecessary, but we actually had more patches come in this last week than we had for rc7, which just didn't make me feel the warm and fuzzies. ...
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Sunday February 24, 2019. 12:04 AM
The latest updates from the stable kernel machine are 4.20.12, 4.19.25, 4.14.103, 4.9.160, 4.4.176, and 3.18.136. Each contains a relatively small set of important fixes.
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Friday February 22, 2019. 04:59 PM
Linus Torvalds once famously said that there is no design behind the Linux kernel. That may be true, but there are still some guiding principles behind the evolution of the kernel; one of those, to date, has been that the kernel does not recognize 'containers' as objects in...
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Security updates have been issued by Mageia (libreoffice, libtiff, spice, and spice-gtk), openSUSE (build, mosquitto, and nodejs6), Red Hat (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), Scientific Linux (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), SUSE (kernel-firmware and texlive), and Ubuntu...
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Thursday February 21, 2019. 10:50 PM
The Linux Foundation has announced the formation of the Enabling Linux in Safety Applications (ELISA) project to create tools and processes for companies to use to build and certify safety-critical Linux applications. 'Building off the work being done by SIL2LinuxMP project...
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The announcement of the 5.0-rc7 kernel prepatch on February 17 signaled the imminent release of the final 5.0 kernel and the end of this development cycle. 5.0, as it turns out, brought in fewer changesets than its immediate predecessors, but it was still a busy cycle with a...
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Security updates have been issued by CentOS (firefox, flatpak, and systemd), Fedora (createrepo_c, dnf, dnf-plugins-core, dnf-plugins-extras, docker, libcomps, libdnf, and runc), Mageia (giflib, irssi, kernel, kernel-linus, libexif, poppler, tcpreplay, and zziplib), and SUSE ...
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The LWN.net Weekly Edition for February 21, 2019 is available.
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Wednesday February 20, 2019. 06:53 PM
On his blog, Karim Yaghmour writes about an experimental social network that he and a colleague cobbled together using Git. While it is simply a proof of concept at this point, he is looking for feedback and, perhaps, collaborators to take it further. 'It turns out that git...
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